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2014 Year End Market Data

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2014 Year End Data SM & SC

The 2014 Year End Market Data gives an overview of Atherton, Burlingame, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Menlo Park , Palo Alto, Portola Valley, and Woodside.

Q3 Quarterly Market Report 2013 vs. 2014

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Nov 2014 Data

Q2 Quarterly Market Report 2013 vs. 2014

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Q2 Stats

Portola Valley Realtor Ellen Ashley

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Beautiful Woodside Home – Just Sold!

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Just Sold! – 590 Summit Springs Road in Woodside California

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Wait! Do Not Cut Down That Tree!

Woodside Trees 02Everyone loves a beautifully manicured landscape. It takes a lot of planning to get your lawns, plants, and flowers designed just perfectly to create your desired results. Even the proper placement of your trees is extremely important. Many property owners bring in new trees to help add foliage to the grounds and sometimes there might even be a need to remove your trees due to a remodel or a landscape design.

This is where you, as the owner of the property, can run into problems. Did you know that many cities in California require a permit before cutting down a tree? Your city can take this extremely seriously. If your city requires a permit and you do not have one you might be ordered to pay costly fines as well as replace any trees that were cut down. The fines can be as much as $5000 for one tree and up to $10,000 for each additional tree.

Being a Responsible Homeowner

It is important to know your local laws and to be careful about taking second hand advice as fact.  Just recently, a property owner was fined over $52,000 for cutting down six trees without a permit. Apparently, a hired tree-trimming contractor told him it was okay to cut down the trees without a permit. The contractor was wrong and the homeowner was responsible for the fine.*

Each city has their own specification of what size and type of tree can be cut down and which type of trees needs to be protected. It would be advisable to contact your local city building department where you live to inquire about the laws and permit requirements before cutting down any trees on your property.Woodside Trees 01 For an example of a tree destruction, permit click here

It is with careful care and reason that California, along with other states, ask to be careful when dealing with trees. It isn’t to be a challenge, even if it can present extra steps, but a way to ensure a balance. The benefits of trees, for bio diversity and your own health, are why there is such an interest in keeping them. And like any good law, it is easy to see the beauty within it.


Q1 Quarterly Market Report 2013 vs. 2014

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Q1 2014 Report

Charming Country Woodside Retreat

590 Summit Woodside, CAJust minutes off the Junipero Serra (HWY 280) through the cozy little town of Woodside, you will find majestic redwoods and some of the best of what Woodside has to offer. A tranquil private and peaceful setting is what awaits you with this new Woodside listing. In the middle of over one acre of lush sunny gardens sits a charming country home. It feels like getting away to a mountain retreat yet you’re just 5 minutes from town. With over 3000 sq ft, 3 bedrooms, and 2 baths plus an attached 1 bedroom with bath which is perfect for your guest or perhaps an au pair suite. Throughout the property are views of the Bay and the beautiful rolling hillsides. If you enjoy walking, hiking, or perhaps you are an equestrian then this is the perfect spot for you as the Teague Hill Open Space Preserve only 15 minutes away. To Learn More CLICK HERE

It’s interesting to think about the history of Woodside. Originally, home to the Ohlone tribe,Woodside, is now home to over 5,400 residences as of 2012. There were 105 home sales in 2013 up from 83 in 2012. The median home price in 2013 was 2,050,000 also up from 2012.

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It’s understandable why towns like Los Altos Hills, Portola Valley, and Woodside, to name a few, are becoming some of the most desirable bay area communities to live in. Where else are you able to live in such a beautiful countryside with such amazing outdoor amenities, and all within minutes commute to your career or weekend destination. This part of the Bay Area is truly one of a kind ready to discover.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodside,_California; www.city-data.com/city/Woodside-California.html; 2013 Year End Data San Mateo County.


Views in Woodside

Photographed by Blu Skye Media Photographed by Blu Skye Media Photographed by Blu Skye Media Photographed by Blu Skye Media Photographed by Blu Skye Media 245 Brookwood Kitchen Photographed by Blu Skye Media 245 Brookwood View 2Imagine sweeping views of the Bay in a private 1.6 acre in the heart of Woodside Hills. This is a very special custom-designed contemporary style home with close to 5000 sq ft of luxurious living space. Located at the end of a private cul-de-sac, this inviting home is ideally situated close to the Town of Woodside, local commute routes and just 10 minutes from Stanford.